International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music

Marimba and the Musical Figuring of Desire and Postcolonial National Identity in Edwin Semzaba's Novel "Marimba ya Majaliwa"

This article discusses the way a musical instrument--marimba--is figured in relation to social identities and relations in Edwin Semzaba's novel "Marimba ya Majaliwa." It argues that the novel creates an imaginary world in which marimba is a central instrument that ...

Figurative Semiotics: A Textual Analysis of FAK Songs

This article explores the ideological content of (political) folk songs in apartheid South Africa. The "FAK Sangbundel" (songbook) found its way into countless Afrikaner homes, churches, organisations and schools, and became unanimous with Afrikaner culture and nationalism, imprinting certain beliefs ...

Heinrich Neuhaus: A Performer's Views on the Realisation of Music

Applying the word 'realism' to music is often a contentious issue. This article investigates how the beliefs of the eminent pianist-pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus (1888-1964) show it was still an important concept for performers in Russia. The article contextualizes Neuhaus's formative ...

Protest Music, Urban Contexts and Global Perspectives

This article argues that urban environments in the 1960s and 1970s provided excellent music-cultural and political conditions that stimulated not only protest, but also the creation and performance of protest music. It demonstrates this by means of two case studies. ...

Tonal Symmetry in "Leonore": An Instance of an Enduring Principle in Beethoven's Compositional Method

This essay presents evidence that the design of Beethoven's "Leonore" relies on tonal symmetry. The central key of the opera is C major; pairs of keys symmetrically disposed around C in terms of musical space--such as A-flat and E, B-flat ...

Is Anybody There? Texting in Schubert's Musical Stratosphere

"Is Anybody There?" looks at contemporary models of multiple realities and quantum mechanics' disruttive energy to explore three late works in Schubert's outpug. Just as texting is an elliptical form of communication, so Schubert's works have either unexplained intrusions or ...

Isolated Concepts or Zeitgeist? An Alternative View on the Beginning of Sociology of Music

The established reviews (Supicic 1987, Kaden 1997, Shepherd 2001, Bontinck 2007) regard the beginning of sociomusicological research as the sum of isolated concepts, which emanated from Western European scholars. These concepts only touched separate parts and include neither an appropriate ...

Was There a 'Great Divide' in Music?

A number of authors, notably Peter Kivy, maintain that experience of music changed dramatically in the eighteenth century. Kivy holds that music went from being appreciated as part of a multimedia event to being experienced as the exclusive object of ...

Work, Form and Phonogram. On the Significance of the Concept of Communication for the Modern Western Concept of Music

According to a well-established view among music historians and other scholars, in the western world a certain understanding of music was established around the year 1800. According to this understandingg (still widely embraced today), individual musical works are created by ...